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Old     (cocheese)      Join Date: Jul 2004       07-01-2009, 7:24 AM Reply   
We purchased our boat last year and it had 130hrs on it. It now has over 300hrs. How often should you change spark plugs and wires? I called a local dealer and he said to change them when you have problems. No problems, leave them alone. Every car I have owned has a certain millage to change plugs and wires. What "problems" would require changing spark plugs?
Old     (cwkoch)      Join Date: Aug 2006       07-01-2009, 7:42 AM Reply   
Wires should be good for a long time. Plugs- pull a few and look at them. If they're pretty clean, but a little brown, they should be fine. If they're really black and nasty looking, change them.
Old     (tomcat22)      Join Date: Jun 2007       07-01-2009, 7:58 AM Reply   
I just changed the spark plugs on my boat but left the wires. My boat has 325hrs. I was told to change the plugs by my dealer at 300hrs.
Old     (bmartin)      Join Date: Jan 2007       07-01-2009, 8:01 AM Reply   
I change them every 2 - 3 years, which is about every 300hours. It may be a little more than recommended, but it is easy to do and fairly inexpensive and like the fact that it might get me a little more fuel efficiency.
Old     (trace)      Join Date: Feb 2002       07-01-2009, 8:02 AM Reply   
Rough idle and missing can be signs of plug wires going bad. Also if you look at the motor running in the dark, you might see a little electrical storm going on. IMO plug wires in a boat are more subject to deterioration over time, rather than hours on the motor. I just replaced mine on my 1996 model which had developed a slightly rough idle this season.
Old    Slingshot            07-01-2009, 9:09 AM Reply   
Depends on how much you use your boat. If you put 25-50 hours a year on it, I would tune it up every other year. I put over 100 hours a year in my boat, so I tuned it up every season.


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